Enable secure productivity in the cloud with Office 365

Enterprises are rapidly adopting Microsoft Office 365 to lower infrastructure costs and increase flexibility. However, not every use case can be satisfied with an online version of Office. Together, Citrix and Microsoft redefine the way enterprises deliver a superior employee experience through Office 365 — across any device, any platform, and any use case — with increased security and management.

Delightful and productive user experience

Mobile employees demand greater flexibility in their workspace. They require IT to deliver a set of applications and data to traditional PCs and the latest tablets and smartphones while still meeting the requirements of the business. XenApp and XenDesktop, when integrated with Office 365, are able to provide users with optimized deployments when a local install is required. ShareFile and Office 365 enable users with anywhere access, editing, and sharing to data, even if stored in OneDrive, SharePoint, or a network share.

Leverage collaboration and communication benefits of Skype for Business

Microsoft Skype for Business is gaining widespread adoption as companies replace traditional PBX systems with the Microsoft unified communications platform. Its popularity is not surprising, given that Skype for Business is included with Office 365.

Citrix delivers secure, high-performance unified communications for your organization via Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop and the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business. Microsoft engineers worked closely with Citrix to develop the Optimization Pack and it is the only Microsoft-endorsed solution for delivering Skype for Business in a virtual environment.

When Skype for Business clients are deployed in a traditional RDS/VDI environment, users quickly experience voice and video degradation due to the distances between end point and RDS/VDI host, and between RDS/VDI host and the Skype for Business Server. The HDX RealTime Optimization Pack, when utilized in conjunction with XenApp and XenDesktop, enhances the Skype for Business experience by improving voice and video quality while at the same time reducing resource consumption on the RDS/VDI host in the data center, resulting in lower hardware costs. The Citrix and Microsoft Skype for Business solution allows customers to gain all of the benefits of VDI—including centralized management and security—without sacrificing the user experience.

More benefits of virtualizing Skype for Business with XenApp and XenDesktop

Simplified document collaboration and sharing

Collaborating on a document with internal employees and external vendors, partners, and agencies used to be complicated. It required endless e-mail chains that resulted in lost feedback, inboxes filled with bulky attachments, and incorrect versions of documents landing in the wrong hands.  

The integration of Office 365 and ShareFile makes collaboration, approvals, and electronic signatures simple. Co-author documents with colleagues or external collaborators in real time to ensure a “single point of truth.” Securely share documents from ShareFile or the Outlook plug-in, even if they’re in SharePoint or OneDrive. Capture feedback, approvals, and electronic signatures without exchanging countless e-mails. With ShareFile and Office 365, you’ll increase document and data security and enhance employee productivity, all while having the flexibility of data source choice.

Scalable management and support capabilities

A move to Office 365 is meant to simplify IT operations, so it’s important to make sure that a complete solution supporting a hybrid deployment doesn’t negate those benefits. Citrix Workspace Environment Management optimizes the performance of Windows apps and desktop performance within a XenDesktop environment, improving server scalability by up to 70%. According to an ESG validation report, XenApp and XenDesktop can reduce storage costs by up to 80% for the virtual application and virtual desktop infrastructure through the use of integrated and powerful storage optimization technology.

Organizations can also eliminate capital expenditures for seasonal workloads or unexpected demand for capacity by either deploying entirely in the cloud or expanding to the cloud when capacity reaches a critical threshold. XenApp and XenDesktop provide hybrid cloud technology that allows organizations to continue to manage their on premises and Azure or public cloud deployments as a single entity.

Organizations can continue to leverage their current Microsoft System Center management stack to support the XenApp and XenDesktop deployment. Image management and resource delivery capabilities are integrated into System Center Configuration Manager while application packaging services are provided by Microsoft App-V.

Learn more about Citrix solutions for Office 365